Well, I don’t particularly care for my current doukake, it’s just a generic black leather one. Kinda bland, which is why I’ve been looking at making one (also in-line for making my own shamisen after the camp). But that might just be an issue with me, I tend to like funky looks.
Yeah we have an American chain here in Canada called Tandy Leather, so finding some of those things isn’t difficult, just frikin expensive due to the exchange rate and lack of demand. If I do manage to make one before the camp, I doubt I’ll have the eyelets (those metal thingies ;] ) but I might be able to find some in San Jose whilst I’m there. I think for now I wouldn’t even make the holes for leather lace since I don’t even have one on my current doukake.
But you seem to enjoy making things yourself if you cosplay
HAHA!! YES! I work as a NetDev Engineer for cloud tech, I love what I do but it’s pretty abstract so I love building stuff with my hands and don’t mind investing in it. It’s also bores people a bit less if I talk about stuff that they can actually see and touch.